VANCOUVER: On Friday, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops officially apologized for the first time for their role in the country’s notorious residential school system, after refusing to do so for years despite public pressure.
During a meeting Thursday, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops agreed to the wording of the one page statement that says along with the church entities that were directly involved in running residential schools the bishops express” our profound remorse and apologize unequivocally.”
Also , it says “We acknowledge the grave abuses that were committed by some members of our Catholic community physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, cultural and sexual.”
They are also promising to provide documents that may help “memorialize” students buried in unmarked graves, work on getting the Pope to visit Canada, and raise money to help fund initiatives recommended by local indigenous partners. Therefore, the Catholic and Anglican churches ran most of the schools which were for the government, where children were subjected to rampant emotional, physical and sexual abuse.